The Wofford Terriers exploded in the first half, especially from behind the 3-point arc, to notch its first Division I victory of the season in a 96-77 home rout of the Ohio Valley Conference‘s Austin Peay Governors on Thursday evening.
Wofford, bouncing back from a non-conference loss to the TCU Horned Frogs last Saturday, landed nine of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, including four made by Fletcher Magee and three from Jaylen Allen. The Terriers (4-7) also moved the ball well, and thanks to both senior point guard Eric Garcia and reserve Derrick Brooks, recorded an impressive total of 15 assists on 20 made shots.
Lately, a break has been anything but easy to come by for the Wofford Terriers.
Wofford dropped three tight games in three days at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida last week, falling to the Vermont Catamounts (60-59), Bradley Braves (70-62) and Kent State Golden Flashes (66-59) in a string which involved an average of about 15 Terrier turnovers per contest.
After a quick Thanksgiving, the Terriers had to belly up the following weekend for a trip to face the Pac-12‘s Colorado Buffaloes in Wofford senior point guard Eric Garcia‘s home state. Garcia logged eight assists against two turnovers and three Terriers — Fletcher Magee (15 points), Cameron Jackson (10) and Ryan Sawvell (10) — scored in double-digits, but the homestanding Buffaloes pulled away in the second half to win, 75-60.
With four consecutive setbacks in the rearview mirror and Miami (Fl.) looming ahead, it would have been easy for the Terriers to overlook Tuesday evening’s opponent, the Division II Mars Hill Lions.
Despite establishing an energetic substitution pace and leading at halftime, the Wofford Terriers could not hold on against the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 91-69 decision in the season opener.
The Terriers opened the game with a flash of déjà-vu, when for the second consecutive year a freshman made a statement debut against an SEC front. In 2015-16, star shooting guard Fletcher Magee began his collegiate career with a surprising 22 points off the bench against Missouri, a sign of strong play to come.
It’s a little bit of everything, but all the same.
This season, the Wofford Terriers‘ roster is a mix of veterans, players poised for increased performances, and a large, intriguing freshman class. In spite of the variety, and perhaps the unpredictability that such a team brings, associate head coach Dustin Kerns said the staff’s approach remains unchanged.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.
The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.
When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.